Ishmael Beah was announced a finalist for the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award 2020 on August 5, 2020.
Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities based at George Mason University, USA. An important aspect of this program is the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award which has been running for the last two years. The award recognizes recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing. Previous winners have been Hernan Diaz (2018) and Melissa Rivero (2019).
The 2020 edition of the festival is being judged by Susan Muaddi Darraj, Porochista Khakpour, and Chika Unigwe. The finalists for this year’s award are;
- Ishmael Beah, Little Family.
- Lysley Tenorio, The Son of Good Fortune.
- Vanessa Hua, Deceit and Other Possibilities.
Ishmael Beah’s Little Family was described by judge Susan Muaddi Darraj as a “compelling, intimate story of a group of children who form a bond under dire, dangerous conditions.”
The winner will be announced this fall. All three finalists will join the judges in a virtual award ceremony and reading to discuss their work. The event will be hosted at the Fall for the Book Festival on October 6, 2020.